Vietnam reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, speeds up vaccine procurement

Vietnam reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, speeds up vaccine procurement

Vietnam reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, speeds up vaccine procurement

Authorities rushed to test thousands of people as authorities confirmed the outbreak had spread to Hanoi, where the ruling party is holding its five-yearly congress to pick a new leadership.

Vietnam approved its first vaccine for the new coronavirus and cut short a key ruling Communist Party meeting on Saturday as it battled its biggest flare-up yet of COVID-19, state media reported. The 13th National Congress of the CPV concluded Monday morning in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. They also reviewed the past 35 years of the country's reform cause, discussed the implementation of the 10-year socio-economic development strategy, among other issues.

While ascent to the highest levels of Vietnamese politics is governed by party regulations, in reality, the highly secretive process revolves around building consensus and vying for control of the decision-making Politburo.

In the 2021-2025 period, Vietnam will strive to achieve an annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of between 6.5 percent and 7 percent, according to the announcement.

Xi said he believes that under the leadership of the new CPV Central Committee headed by Trong, new greater achievements will be made in the various causes of the CPV and Vietnam.

Trong is one of the Southeast Asian country's strongest and longest-serving leaders since founding revolutionary Ho Chi Minh.

In his closing remarks, the party chief said that the congress had been "very successful", completing all items on its working agenda ahead of schedule.

Mr Lee also congratulated Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc on his re-election to the CPV's politburo.

In the message, Xi said he is glad to hear that Trong has been elected as the general secretary of the CPV Central Committee, and would like to extend warm congratulations to him, and through him to the new CPV central leadership, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and in his own name.

Almost 1,600 delegates representing over 5.1 million members of the CPV attended the congress held from January 25 to February 1.

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